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Book of Revelation Series – Part 7 The Two Witnesses
We have noted so far that the scroll having Seven Seals is the title deed to the earth. Jesus, by virtue of His death burial and resurrection, has the right to open the seals and finally, with His feet upon the Mount of Olives, take possession of that which He has purchased with His blood. The Kingdoms of this world will become the Kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ (Revelation 11:15). He will rule the nations with a “rod of iron” and His triumphant Church will be His co-regent (Revelation 2:26-29). The knowledge of the Lord will cover the earth, as the waters cover the sea (Isaiah 11:9), the nation’s will learn war no more (Isaiah 2:1-4) and year by year they will ascend to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. ( Zechariah 14:16)
The Trumpet and Bowl judgements are not in sequence but in parallel, since they both end with the second coming of Jesus. However, they give us a more detailed description of the “days of sorrow” that will lead up to the glorious revelation of Jesus, in great power and glory. Wars, natural disasters, pestilences, apostasy and evil, of a type never seen before, will assault the earth. A global government will seize control of the world and it, driven by delusional demonic power, will enslave the peoples of the earth by trapping them in a cashless society that requires a mark and absolute allegiance in order to buy and sell (Revelation 13:16-17). Scripture affirms that men’s hearts will fail them as they ponder the awful events afflicting the earth (Luke 21:26). All of this is now on the horizon of the world.
The truth is, because of their wickedness, God will hand the citizens of the world over to this system thus preparing them for the awful Day of God’s wrath that will befall them (Revelation 17:17). The Church will be challenged to take its stand and so it will be purified, though many will fall away, and others will be martyred. They will overcome we are told:
“By the blood of the Lamb and b the word of their testimony, and they did
not love their lives to death”
As I said before, these days are rapidly approaching because the technology to implement them world-wide is already being tested amongst us. There is no doubt that there was more behind Covid-19 than just restrictive measures to prevent the virus from spreading. Population control, in the expectation of the implementation of a New World Order, was also involved. Some politicians in America have openly acknowledged this. There are very powerful forces working behind the scenes seeking to bring about global government and it all has to do with taking control of the world’s financial systems. In reality this is what the United Nation’s 2030 agenda is all about.
The Book of Revelation then, has what I call the, “The great Sign Chapters.” These introduce the reader to the dominant players on the field of the end time events and consist of, “The Two Witnesses”, “Israel”, “The Antichrist” and “Babylon”. In this study we shall examine:
The Two Witnesses (Revelation 11:1-14)
These two individuals preach at the altar of a rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem. The altar is a symbol of vicarious ( substitutionary) suffering and therefore a picture of the cross and of the finished work of Jesus. Their purpose is to resurrect Israel spiritually by pouring the power of the Holy Spirit into the nation. The passage itself tells us that they are, “The two olive trees and the two lamp-stands standing before the God of the earth.” This is the Hebrew principle of “Remez” by which “if you want to understand this, then look at that!” The “that” in this case is Zechariah 4 where we are told that by a rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem, two olive trees pour their oil into Israel, the Menorah, “not by power, nor by might but by My Spirit says the Lord” ( Zechariah 4:6). When the Apostle John, imprisoned on the Isle of Patmos, received this heavenly vision in 92AD the Second a Temple of Jesus’ period had already been cast down stone for stone in 70AD.
As to their identity, they are Moses and Elijah or Moses and the Prophets as he, Elijah, is considered the great representative of the Prophets of the Hebrew scriptures. It was Moses and Elijah who were the two witnesses, when they appeared with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration (Mark 9:2-8). They had physical bodies like ours and were not glorified because scripture tells us that Jesus is the first-fruit of the resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:20). Also, when Jesus walked with the two dejected Disciples on the road to Emmaus, we are told that, “beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself” (Luke 24:27). In addition, it is to be noted that Moses and Elijah are the only two individuals who have performed the supernatural signs that are attributed to the Two Witnesses in Revelation eleven. Moses and Elijah endorsed the Messianic credentials of Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration and they will return again to do the same for the nation of Israel in these end times.
It is these two individuals then, whose bodies departed the earth in very strange circumstances, who will return to usher in for Israel the restoration of all things (2 Kings 2:11; Jude 9). Jesus also promised that Elijah would come and restore all things in Israel before the coming Great Day of the Lord (Mark 9:12). All this goes to demonstrate just how much God loves Israel in that, thousands of years ago, He made provision for her final restoration that will usher in the glorious age of redemption. Very exciting days lie ahead for Israel in that her two great historical leaders will return, endorse Jesus as they did on the Mount of Transfiguration, and lead her home in triumph to God. The Prophet Malachi saw this day and wrote of it (Malachi 4:4-6).
We are told that the beast or Antichrist will be enraged at the Two Witnesses and that he will kill them. It will be too late, their ministry is finished, Israel is delivered from the clutches of evil and by this triggers the great revelation of Christ ( Acts 3:19-22). It is the second coming of Jesus that will bring about the destruction of the Antichrist and all those with him (2 Thessalonians 2:8). Amen, even so Lord Jesus come!